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Dated : 29 December 2011

Below is an extract from the January Newsletter produced by the Town Council. All houses in Buntingford should receive a copy through their letterbox. If you haven't, please let the Clerk's Office know. Spare copies are available in the Reception area of the Manor House.


JUNE 2012
Make a special note as there will be many activities celebrating the Jubilee and Olympics. Monday 4th June will see the Street Party for the Jubilee organised by the Chamber of Commerce. This will be on similar lines to that for the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Buntingford will have its own version of the Olympics, on Sunday 10th June. This is an all day family based event with fun games for all ages.
Cougars will be holding their usual football competition over the weekend of 16/17th.
Buntingford Carnival will be held on Saturday 23rd and will provide a fitting climax to the celebrations. The theme this year is the Olympics.

Message from the Town Mayor
I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.
We now have a challenging year ahead with finance being squeezed which will make our job more difficult to maintain standards throughout the town.
We have scrutinised our budgets for the year and are in a favourable position to carry out our objectives. I feel that we have to have the councillors and the staff working as a team to achieve our objectives.
We will be under pressure to take more development in Buntingford and we are working very hard to develop the town plan to get the best from these development companies in shaping the town.
I would like to give my sincere thanks to the people of Buntingford who give up their time to run the organisations in the town. Also the team of police and the fire service who serve our town.


I have listed a few of the functions I have attended on behalf of the Town in the past months,
Isobel Hospice at Van Hages, Opening of Bramble Hill children’s centre, Opening of Buntingford Scout Headquarters. Hertfordshire University Sports Awards, East Herts Civic Service, Ware Church Service, Buntingford Churches Service, Hertford Theatre CSP meeting.                                           Stan Bull

Buntingford Youth Council
The Youth Council “Boxes for Soldiers” campaign was not quite as successful this year, which bearing in mind the economic climate, is to be expected. Nevertheless, in the region of 75 boxes were sent to Afghanistan and we thank all of you who generously provided the boxes.
The Youth Council were shocked to learn of the tragic loss of Tom Swain a past member of the Youth Council. Tom was a very talented photographer therefore the Youth Council provided a trophy in Tom’s name to be awarded to the most promising Freman College Photography Student. Grateful thanks to Tom’s parents for permitting the Youth Council to do this.
Plans are underway for an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1st April 2012. This will be open to age nine years and under, further details will be published in early March.

Did you know ?
The Manor House is now licensed for Civil Ceremonies.
The Council Chamber can accommodate Civil Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Naming Ceremonies.
Why not hold your very important ceremony close to home?Further details may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office.

Message from the Town Clerk
With the Christmas festivities over, it’s the time of the year when we think about snow and ice. Herts Highways assure us that they have a full salt supply for normal winter conditions. In addition to this they have supplied 750kg’s of salt to the Town Council for discretionary clearance of known hot spots. Our workmen will do their best to utilise this.
The priority for road salting is A roads, B roads and one entrance/exit to each village and bus routes. For further information on winter roads and travel visit www.hertsdirect.org.
As in previous years the Chamber of Commerce provided a marvellous Christmas light display, our grateful thanks goes to all those involved. A successful Lights of Love Ceremony was held at the Manor House and much needed funds raised for the Isabel Hospice.
The path in Layston Court Gardens is at last complete, funded from S106 monies provided by Barratts.
Periodically we receive complaints of owners not cleaning up after their dogs. We have a free supply of dog bags here at the Manor House, please call in and help yourself. We also stock a vast selection of tourist leaflets and timetables, why not call in and see what’s available.
It just remains to wish all Residents of Buntingford a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.         Jill Jones

A name to remember with a date to remember - Sunday 10th June. A small team are busy working away planning this great event. Whilst the team is small at the moment, it will grow and on the day there will be at least fifteen stewards and marshals running around frantically - organised chaos!
It will be held at the Seth Ward Community Centre with funfair, bouncy castle, stalls and much more. Why not enter your own team of family or friends? Full details available from the Clerk’s Office. This is certainly not an event to be missed.
The day will start with the Opening Ceremony around 10am. Teams will parade into the main arena and the fun starts. There will be around 13 events which are arranged in age groups, 0 to 7, 8 to 15 and over 15.
The events will be a series of fun games and the top three we get their Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In addition, all competitors will receive a commemorative medallion. Hopefully teams will design their own flag and the best will get medals. Besides a cup for the “top of the medal table”, we will also have a Fair Play cup.
Every effort is being made to make this a “free” event, no entry fee, no charge for fund raising stalls by local organisations, etc. There will be a picnic area although refreshments will be available throughout the day.
The Closing Ceremony will be around 4pm when the final medals will be presented.
We are on the lookout for a “celebrity” to open the proceedings - any ideas?

Additional Buses are helping
Many residents are finding the extra 331 buses between Buntingford and Hertford very useful. These were introduced on the 30th October and the new 701 service on the 7th November.
The extra 331 buses allow the shoppers easier access and more time in Hertford or Ware. They also provide better off peak travel if using the trains.
These additions are being funded from the Community Contribution arising from the new houses at London Road. The extra buses have been funded for one year and if they are well used, then they will be extended beyond 2013. So it may well be a case of “use it or lose it”.

From Amenities
The Amenities committee have, over the past couple of years, spent many hours discussing the Multi Games Area.  We have had meetings with the experts, those who specialise in laying artificial sports surfaces as well as representatives of the Football Association and of course with the users.
The footballers who use the MuGA the most and the FA wanted us to go with a G3 surface the closest there is to a natural football pitch but this is not suitable for other sports.
After much deliberation a compromise was reached and it was agreed to go for the artificial grass surface.
The centre panel will be removed and the new surface will cover the whole area.
We were also extremely concerned about the deterioration of the surrounding fence so when the new surface is finished a higher, stronger fence will be erected.
The MuGA was built in the seventies and has served us well.  It will be lovely to see it restored and continue to be used and enjoyed by so many.                                              Jean Cook

Millennium Area - Former Allotments
All systems are go and a number of residents have already volunteered to help in the revitalising of the Wildlife Area. It will take a couple of years to complete the plan as we have to work with the seasons. If you would like to be involved, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

Dog Fouling
Do you know that there is a fine of £1,000 for not clearing up after your dog? We have seen a recent marked increase in many areas caused by inconsiderate dog owners.
Please remember that people, including children, will inevitably find it! How would you like to pay their cleaning bills?
Not only is it unsocial but also unhealthy.
Dog poo bags are available from the Manor House free of charge, although you can make a donation to the Help for Heroes fund if you so wish.